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Nov 05, 2008 (1:02 pm)
I have just acquired a 1997 Cadillac DeVille 4Dr. that was in high water due to Hurricane Ike. The water got up over the bench part of the seats. I would like to know what all I would need to do to it so I will not harm it by driving it.
I have changed the oil and the Trans. fluid doesn't seem to have any water. The power seats and windows do not work but it seems that everything else works O.K.
Can someone suggest what all I should look for?
#2494 of 2635 Re: 97 Cadillac DeVille [joshlin1932]
Nov 06, 2008 (12:19 am)
In another forum a guy made a long series of posts about him reviving a 2001 Deville that had taken water. And, it was fresh water. You didn't say, but if it was salt water, I think your problem would be magnified a lot.
Anyway, this guy took a 2001 Deville. After starting on it, he then bought a wrecked 2000 Deville just for parts to transfer to his 'water' car. He posted lots of pictures. He worked on this car for many months, I think at least 6 or more. He completely dis-assembled the interior, removing seats, carpets, the dash, steering column. I won't go into what it was that he did to the motor and tranny, but it was much more than one oil change. I think he put like 5 or more flushes and refills of the tranny fluid.
Things like alternator, power steering pump, etc were replaced. Basically if it was electronic, it had a large chance of not coming back to life. You've got sensors on the brake system for ABS, an ABS pump in the brake fluid system, etc, etc. You have modules in the doors for the electric windows, window motors, auto up, memory seats. Under the seats are power motors for the seats and a box driving the air bags. Every sensor in any part of the car could have water in it. You have dozens of connections in the electric system with each one having the possibility of future problems from the mud and corrosion.
After all this work, he still was getting check engine lights and could not get it inspected. I don't remember exactly what he did, but he had to do something snaky to get it titled and licensed.
If you have more than $500 in a 97 Deville that was under water, I think you have a problem. Nice running versions of this car should be able to be bought for four thousand dollars. I think a car like this should be scrapped for body parts. If the motor or tranny sits for any time at all with water in it (like 4 weeks), I would fear for the effects of rust.
Dec 22, 2008 (7:05 pm)
I have a 1995 Sadan Deville. The A/C compressor does engage but does not blow . When I have the A/C on, I can feel cold air seeping from the vents. Any Ideas on what it could be? Also the air ride light keeps comming on telling me that it needs service. Can I disconnect this and install regular HD shocks on the car?
#2496 of 2635 Check coolant level
Dec 22, 2008 (8:09 pm)
I have recently bought a 99 deville and within a couple of weeks the car overheated and the dealership had to replace head gaskets and bolts. Now the car idles bad when first started then seems to run fine after fifteen minutes or so. The check coolant level light has also came on twice in the last two weeks causing me to have to put more coolant in. i am hoping that my gaskets are not going out again and am hoping it could be something alot cheaper to fix.
#2497 of 2635 Re: 97 Deville problems [abc246]
Mar 30, 2009 (3:33 pm)
I am just wondering if you were able to get the front door panels off?
I own a 2000, and i can't figure it out.
#2498 of 2635 2005 DeVille-Audio Modual replacement-steering wheel
Apr 07, 2009 (10:01 am)
Need to replace "Select" radio station modual on steering wheel. Or Not.
Issue- select station- up, and down functions properly.
Modual doen not light up when lights are engaged.
How do I disassemble wheel for replacement?
Where do I locate part (modual)?
Discribe replacement process-am mechanically inclined (LOL)?
#2499 of 2635 to ladymylady
Apr 23, 2009 (2:58 pm)
I READ SOME OF YOUR REPLIES AND WAS WONDERING WHERE IN FLORIDA DID YOU PURCHASE YOU DE VILLE??/ I LIVE IN DAYTONA BEACH.ALSO, I'M LOOKING TO BUY A 2002 DEVILLE DHS WITH 70.000 MILES,AND WAS WONDERING WHAT THE GOLD PACKAGE IS WORTH. THE CAR HAS A CARRIAGE TOP, SPOILER, VOGUE TIRES AND GRILL THAT START WITH THE LETTER B. THEY WERE AT $10,000 NOW THERE AT 9.000,ITS A PRIVATE DEAL. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP
#2500 of 2635 LEAVING A 2002 DEVILLE OUTSIDE DURING WINTER MONTHS?
Jun 19, 2009 (8:20 pm)
I had the chance to buy a 2002 Deville with 29,000 miles for over 80% below the when new price. I have a two car garage and have a DTS and Lincoln Town Car parked in it.
I previously had my Devilles garaged and wondered how much more wear and tear leaving the 2002 outside will take on the car. The climate here is very mild with temperatures going below freezing only about 40 days of the winter and almost never going below 20
degrees at night. Our summers here are also mild with temperatures rarely going above 70 degrees.
The car was bought to drive in rainy weather and short errands. My expectation in buying the car and leaving it outside was that it will not take to much extra wear and tear given the climate described above.
If there are other Deville owners that have their cars parked outside it would be helpful to have tips on how to deal with leaving this car out in the elements or any extra maintenance tips to keep car at maximum performance.
All comments and suggestions appreciated.
#2501 of 2635 Bell Buzzer problem
Jul 05, 2009 (2:11 pm)
While driving my 2005 Deville the bell will go off and no Icons come up on the display. I have stopped the car closed all doors and checked the seat belt but it will just keep ringing until I stop and turn off the engine and turn it back on. It does not happen often but now and again. any ideas..Thanks Jerry
Jul 10, 2009 (12:17 pm)
Let me start by saying I had a new torque converter and lockout solenoids replaced on my '01 deville to rectify the previous 0741 code. Approximately 8 months later, I noticed the tranny slamming into gear when accelerating from a stoplight, but only when the tranny was hot. The SES light has come on a couple of times, (0741 code), but at least 2 months apart. A new bulletin came out recently regarding such syptoms, and the shops are asked to inspect the valve bodies and fluid channels for hairline cracks, which are causing internal pressure drops at idle and therefore causing the torque converter to intermittantly disengage. Once you step on the gas, the pump is able to restore the pressure and bang it goes into gear. On the plus side, it isn't causing the clutches or torque converter to slip, so no internal damage is being done. But it sure is annoying as all get out.